Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Shipshewana Flea Market

Aside from the “laid back” feeling of this Amish community, the Flea Market is our second favorite thing about this area of Indiana.

We took this picture of “our” entry gate. This place is large enough to get lost in and finding your car would be a featDSC_3955










The Flea market has just about anything you can think of, at reasonable prices. One thing we have noticed though, is back 10 years ago there were many more local crafters set up then there are now. We had heard that the flea market is starting to get too commercialized. But we still love to walk up and down the many rows of vendors, never knowing what treasure the next row might have.


Can’t walk too quickly, or you might miss something to catch your interest.


I believe this day was one of the coolest days in months. While we were there it was a cool 64 F. with a wind blowing to remind you that fall is just around the corner. What a difference in temperature than what we had just 3 days ago, while in Kentucky, of 104 F.

I’ll bet this vendor made a fortune a few days ago.DSC_3961

You couldn’t miss this vendor selling fresh home made ice cream. The gasoline engine made a pop, pop, pop noise with each firing of the piston. Didn’t sound nothing like today’s modern gasoline engines. Notice the low RPM’s of this little engine.


Watching the outer workings of this little engine fascinated me and I just had to stand there watching it run for at least 15 minutes. All the exterior rods, springs, and rocker arms, moving in a slow rhythm, each doing a specific job to make this engine run flawlessly. This 3 horsepower engine runs 7 hours on just 1 gallon of gasoline! What the heck did those designers know that today’s designers don’t know! My little walk behind 5 horsepower lawn mower wouldn’t run 2 hours on a gallon of gas and it’s 1000 times noisier than this engine.

Notice the pulley and belt configuration to operate both ice cream turner mechanismsDSC_3965

This is usually a good hint that there are some great deals to be had here at the flea market.

When the local Amish women come here to buy items.DSC_3966

We ended up buying several items that we feel were a good deal, and after 4 hours of walking up and down the isles, we were ready to leave.

What a great time we had at the flea market of Shipshewana, IN.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.


  1. We visited Shipshewana Flea Market last year and enjoyed our visit to the area. Travel safe & God bless!

  2. Looks just like a remember, thanks for the revisit-saved me a lot of walking:)